I was planning to do a different post titled, “My wife is sleeping with a different man – and I couldn’t be happier”.  However, I hit my goal before I got a chance to post it.

What is this blog called? “GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!”???   YES! It’s true, I weighed in at 229.6 today!!!!  50 lbs reached!.  I am amazed!  When I originally decided to set a goal for myself 50 lbs just seemed unbelievable and impossible to hit.  I planned on getting there over the course of a year – that was April 20th!  It’s only been 144 days!

So what is my plan now?  TO GO ON A CRUISE!  We’re going on a cruise in two weeks and I will continue what I’ve been doing til then.  Once we’re on the cruise we’re going to use the gym on the ship overlooking the ocean.  We’re going to eat whatever we want to eat and drink whatever we want to drink.  We are going to fully enjoy ourselves.  Then, when we return, I will weigh myself.  If I’m over my goal weight again, I’ll get back to it and then set a new goal for myself.  If I’m already under that goal weight then I’ll just set my new goal.

I know I say it all the time, but when I start my next phase I’m going to include tackling my smoking – I need to.

Why did I want to use the other title?  It was funny, the wife and I were spending time with each other the other night and she said that it was weird.  When I asked her why she said it felt like she was with a different person LOL!

I’m a daddy, an IT professional, and a hypocrite!

So I was online the other day and I got a notice in my email and the wife got a notification on her browser that a torrent was downloaded for some God awful movie, well surely I’ve never ever downloaded anything online that I shouldn’t have.  Now, of course, I have no desire to do such things, but I don’t like the idea that big brother can watch my Internet so easily.  So I decided I was going to try to make the best secured and anonymous configuration I could think of with my gear and software that I currently have available.

Since starting this endeavor, I’ve learned more about DNS leaks, IP leaks, and other ways a potential snoop or hacker can obtain information about you. I setup an annual subscription to a well recommended VPN/Proxy provider.

I then realized, that I didn’t want the VPN to be an all or nothing situation.  There are only a couple of things that I would desire to use a VPN.  I didn’t want to have my entire machine using the VPN for just a couple small tasks.  Plus, if I ever did want to look into nefarious material, I’d want to do it on a clean machine that’s never been exposed to my personal data.  So, I created a new clean VM inside the desktop virtualization software that I use.  I restricted the IP of the virtual system so it is only allowed to communicate with the firewall inside my network and only allowed to communicate with the specific IP addresses of the VPN servers for my third-party VPN provider – ALL OTHER COMMUNICATION is 100% blocked.  The VPN provider also no longer provides IP address lists because ISPs like to block them.  However, they do provide the FQDN’s that resolve to multiple addresses.  So, I made a PowerShell script that goes through a list I created of all the FQDNs and parses the data into two files.  The first file is a hosts file that contains all the addresses that the VPN client software would need to communicate.  The second file is a script of all the cisco commands so I can dump the information into my firewall and it will automatically add those addresses to the rules for this specific VM.  The VM itself is not configured for any DNS servers.  100% of the name resolution is through the hosts file.  By doing this, DNS Leakage is not possible.  The server is unable to communicate with any server on the Internet that is not the VPN provider (this is blocked by my Cisco ASA 5505).  Therefore, IP leakage is not possible.  The VM itself has a virtual network drive that is a direct connection to a shared folder on the host.  So, one folder is exposed and used to transfer files between the host and the guest, but otherwise the host’s drive is restricted.

Here’s a lazy drawing of my basic setup – the IP addresses have been changed…


I’m very excited about this setup, I’ve run multiple tests and they all come out perfect.  I LOVE IT!

So why am I a hypocrite?

Well, while I was setting this up, I was noticing that whenever I would come into my son’s room he’d immediately shut off his Surface tablet and have a funny look on his face.  Now, I know he’s not interested in girls yet, but he’s obviously looking at something that he doesn’t think we’d approve of.  We’ve told him that if he’s looking at something that he doesn’t think we’d like that it’s probably something he shouldn’t see.  However, he’s a lot like his daddy and he’s going to try to do what he wants.  Unfortunately, DNS loggers and so forth don’t work as well anymore because almost anything (even kids restricted sites) will have inappropriate pop-ups.  So, while he was at school today I installed TightVNC.  I configured it to not show any notifications or task bar icons.  He has no idea when I’m connected and viewing his screens live.  So, I’m now waiting for him to do something that I disapprove of.  Then, I’ll text him to come downstairs (on his iPod), and show him the captured screen.  I imagine he will have the look of horror on his face as I tell him that I can see everything he does.  I will then remind him that his Daddy’s job is in IT and he needs to remember that when he’s online.

I just find it funny that on one hand I’m trying to make sure nobody can watch what I am or am not doing while at the same time making sure I can see everything my son is doing.

My ruling on this?  I’m the parent, and children have no rights until they pay rent and move out.  My job is to protect them from their own stupidity.  So it’s the hypocrisy of the ages >>> PARENTHOOD  🙂    LOL


Things been going good, why the wrench???

Its funny, things have been going good lately. Examples:

  • I am employed, am good at my job, and enjoy it – good
  • The wife and I are getting more healthy everyday – good
  • I have a loving family – good
  • Hosting a poker game tomorrow evening – good
  • We’re going on our cruise in September – good
  • We’ve had a great summer and have some good times as a family – good
  • I have a wedding/Mehndi photo shoot this week – good
  • My Sentra doesn’t require emissions this year – good
  • I’m planning on replacing my Sentra with a Mustang sometime around Jan/Feb- good
  • My Sentra needs it’s inspection before September and needs the exhaust replaced for about $900 – FUCK!

If I was planning on keeping the Sentra for years it probably wouldn’t bother me, but I’m actively planning on getting rid of this car and then it decides to have problems – after not having any issues for years!  The A/C has been broke this summer, but I figured I’d wait it out – but now, I might as well get it fixed after the cruise so I can hopefully get a reasonable amount for it when I do sell it.

I am very happy though.  In the past, this would have completely crippled us.  Instead, I’m just not getting to put away as much money as I was planning to save.  So, I choose to look at this as an affirmation that we’re doing things right and moving on the right path.

Less than 5 to go and updates

I was very happy when I put on that red shirt this week.  Not only does it fit comfortably, but for the first time, my chest is extending past my belly!  WOOT!

According to the scale this morning, I’m only 4 lbs away from my 50 lbs initial goal – AWESOME!  After I hit the 50 lbs goal I’m going to shoot for 30 more.

We’ve removed the couches from our basement and made space to workout and do some Yoga.  Also, a friend who’s moving sold us her elliptical machine, which will help a lot.

Here’s the pics of our new workout space.

The space is perfect.  We now have space to move around and the TV is positioned perfectly for Netflix and long workouts on the elliptical.

The wife is continuing to make awesome low calorie meals and making great progress herself.  It’s all very exciting!

Oh, and I got two 27″ computer screens, which allows me to free up the 32″ TV for use in my arcade.  Check out my new setup for my desk – so pretty  :-)

NOTE: The picture doesn’t do the screens justice because the desk is so large.


I kicked ass at free poker last night, which is great for the lead-up to my poker party here at the house in two weeks.

I need to get a good side-by-side before and after picture soon of my fitness progress🙂  Unfortunately, most of my pictures have me behind the lens vs. in front of it  :-/


Very proud of my little guy :-)


Guns have always been around in my family.  My dad and grandparents have had multiple rifles and handguns while I grew up and I never had the desire to play with them.  I never attempted to play with them.  Why?  Because my parents, and my parent’s parents taught them about the proper use and safety when using or around guns.

When I was about my son’s age my dad took me out near a large piece of property than my grandparents owned over a little wooden bridge he taught me how to shoot his .22 Marlin Model 60 rifle.  He told me about how to be safe with the it and how a gun should be treated and used.  He then threw little objects into the creek below for me to shoot at.  I remember being very proud of myself when I would hit the targets as they would flow downstream in the creek.

Again, he taught us to not be afraid of guns.  Instead, we were taught the proper uses for a gun and the proper handling of guns.  Most importantly we were taught to be respectful and responsible when handling or being around guns.

A couple years ago, I let my dad know that I would like to be willed the .22 and the 308 because I have very happy memories of him and I with those two items.  He already had another .22 so he gave me the one I shot when I was younger.  The only problem, it is very dirty and the spring action is broken and needs repair because it will jam every 5 or so shots.  My dad has been able to occasionally fix the spring but it’s not been truly repaired.  So, I decided I’ll ask my Facebook friend who sells guns and may know how to fix the problem.  So I reached out on Facebook and he asked me for the specific model number of the gun.

This Week

So my son and I were working on getting the video game systems ready to be moved to his room from the basement and I see a response from my friend asking about the model number of the gun.  I get up and start to go to the utility room (where I store the rifle) and he asks me where I’m going.  I tell him simply that, “I’m going to get my gun”.

As I come out of the utility room I notice him freaking out slightly and already up the stairs.  I laugh a little bit and call him back downstairs.  I show him how I was handling the gun and making sure not to point it towards anyone.  I told him that an unloaded gun (after verified to be unloaded) is basically a big stick.  We discussed the following points

  • Always act like a gun is loaded, even if you know it’s unloaded
  • Never point a gun at another person or ANYTHING you do not intend to shoot
  • Never put your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to have a bullet come out
  • Immediately after picking the gun up, you make sure it’s unloaded and nothing chambered.
  • Always make sure the safety is on (after I explained the safety to him)
  • Never look in or put your face or other body parts in front of the barrel.  Even though it sounds obvious, it must be said.
  • ALWAYS treat a gun with the utmost respect and responsibility

We had other scenario discussions and he understood what I meant.  I then explained to him how my dad had taught me to shoot that same gun.  I let him know that pretty soon him and I would go out and I would teach him the same thing and that one day, if he chooses, he’d be able to do the same thing with his son or daughter.  He got a little excited at that idea.

So we went over the safety and handling topics one more time and I thought I’d ask him a simple question to test his newly acquired knowledge.

I asked him, “what is most dangerous about a gun?”

… at this point I was hoping for a response similar to, it’s most dangerous when it’s not treated with respect and responsibility, when you’ve assumed it’s unloaded and it is actually loaded, when you forget to turn the safety on.  Instead, I was floored.

My 9-year old’s response was, “A gun is not dangerous, the person who has the gun is dangerous.  If they are mean they might shoot you or do something bad.  The gun won’t shoot you all by itself, that would be silly!”   He started to giggle, and I reminded him that when talking about guns we don’t joke around – at all – he got serious again.  I narrowed the question for him.  This time, I just asked him how should a gun be handled.  His response was perfect – with respect and responsibility.

Very proud of my little guy.

I’ve got to refocus!

So, I’ve not been behaving.  I haven’t gained any weight, but my loss has slowed.  Have I plateaued?   No, I’ve been allowing myself too many indulgences.  I’ve been allowing myself more than the allowed 1 soda a day – need to get back to just 1, and eventually none.  I haven’t been able to play tennis because I can’t find a partner (Jenna’s elbow hurts) – anybody interested?  I also haven’t been doing my workouts at least every other day.  Granted, I’ve had been walking more, but that slowed as well – NEED TO REFOCUS!

On a separate front, I’m going to try to quit smoking again.  Starting tomorrow, I’m going to try to use this quit smoking app and see if it helps.  Hey, an app started me losing weight, it couldn’t hurt to try🙂

IRS sending you to court??? Damn Scammers!

So I just had fun with some asshole scammer.
Robot voice on my line: “Attention call this number to stop IRS action now, please call 651-410-5574”
OH BOY, this will be fun.
So I first hear a strong vietnamese accent – oh boy.
He then asks for my name which for this call was “George Jansen”. Then my address … uh… “27 Smithson Court, 20237”
Scammer: “That was 27 Smith Court?”
me (sounding very convincing): “No, it’s 2 – 7 – Smithson – S-M-I-T-H-S-O-N court”
Scammer: “Oh, okay. One moment sir, while I look up your account”
(Loud fake typing ensues)
After about a minute or two, he comes back and explains to me how they’ve had agents “at my address” leaving me documentation and so forth. I play along and let him keep talking and talking. I keep asking him questions to waste his time. He then asks me if I’d like to take care of the debt with him outside the court.
me:  “well, it’s been a little over 15 minutes, I think I’ve wasted enough of your time for now – you piece of shit scamming fucktard”
scammer: “excuse me sir, please watch your language – what do you mean?”
me: “what fucking country are you calling from anyway? you sound vietnamese?”
scammer: “what do you mean sir, this is the IRS”
me: “I work for the IRS you fucking idiot, how many idiots have you successfully scammed with this bullshit line?”
scammer: “I’m not sure what you mean sir, this is the IRS”
me: “Ok, that’s why you were able to find records for me at my address??? – It’s a fucking fake name and fake address you fucking idiot.  So, how many fucking idiots fall for this shit?”
scammer: “80% of America”
me: “again, what country are you even from?”
scammer: “Nigeria”
me: “Oh, are you going to call me back because you’re a prince that has been overthrown and you need help to get your money out of the country and it will only take $1000 to clear the money and I’ll be rich”
scammer: (he actually laughed at that one) “Yes, I guess I’ll make that call to”
me: “cause I’m just trying to waste as much of your time as possible so maybe you’ll have less time to scam someone else today”
scammer: “I have all the time in the world”
me: “so what country are you from anyway, how many stupid people believe you?”
scammer: “a bunch of people do”
me: “How do you sleep at night cheating people out of their hard earned money??? Well, you’re probably from some piece of shit country and are only getting 1 dollar a week or some shit.  You need a job that pays you better.”
scammer: “well, you voted for Obama didn’t you?” (I’M NOT KIDDING!)
me: “No, not me personally, I think he’s a asshole. The stupid people falling for your scam probably voted for him though”
scammer: (again he thought that was funny) “we get a lot of them”.
me: “Ok, you’re an asshole for stealing people’s money from my point of view, but you’re just doing your job.  I hope you little success in scamming people, but take it easy”.
scammer: “You have a good day, sir”
me: “You too Prince, talk to ya soon”
scammer: (little giggle) – CLICK
I don’t have hard feelings towards the guy.  If I was stupid enough to fall for this shit, I’d probably feel differently.  I also understand that this douche bag is just doing his job.  I don’t know his circumstances that allows him to feel no remorse about ripping off people, but hopefully a guy calling him out, but still making him laugh might make him think about it next time…
Who the fuck am I kidding?, that guy’s a prick.
If you get these people calling you, CALL THEM BACK!  — give fake information, play along as long as possible.  If everyone did this it wouldn’t be worth it for them to run these scams!!!